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Secrets revealed? JFK in 2017

1:07:28 | Nov 17th, 2017

For decades after the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963, hundreds of thousands of Americans -- and millions of people across the planet -- have had lingering, troubling problems with the US government’s official narrative of the tragedy. Now...Show More

Do angels have a language?

1:07:40 | Feb 15th

Belief in supernatural, divine beings like angels dates back into antiquity and occurs throughout numerous religions. Even in the modern day, numerous Americans are convinced that angels (or something like them) exist and intervene in human affairs. ...Show More

Cell Phones, 5G & Cancer

1:02:38 | Feb 13th

Smart phones have fundamentally changed the world -- at times, it's difficult to imagine life without one of these handy computers. There's a world of people you can call, a universe of information at your fingertips and millions of specialized progr...Show More

Who killed Fred Hampton?

56:57 | Feb 8th

The Black Panther Party For Self-defense was founded in Oakland, California in 1966 by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale. They originally wanted to protect local residents from police brutality. One prominent Black Panther activist, Fred Hampton, was kille...Show More

Returning To The Moon

52:22 | Feb 6th

The nation of China recently made international news by successfully completing an unmanned landing on the far side of Earth’s moon, marking a pivotal point in the resurgent space race. So why do some observers believe there’s more to the story?

The Disturbing World of Incels

1:06:08 | Feb 1st

It's true that romance and relationships in general are a minefield for almost everyone -- but for a group of people who call themselves incels, there's an active conspiracy running against them. Short for 'involuntarily celibate', this group has gen...Show More

Is there a secret funeral monopoly?

47:17 | Jan 30th

Death is one of humanity's great unifiers. Before the dawn of recorded history our species and others like it venerated, feared and honored the dead. The practice of commemorating our loved ones continues today -- and it's become a big business. Join...Show More

The Mysterious McKinsey Group

1:03:56 | Jan 25th

In recent history more and more analysts have been concerned about the rise of privately-owned, multinational corporations wielding the type of geopolitical power once relegated to states and nations. These concerns usually name drop the best known l...Show More

What caused the world’s weirdest earthquake?

52:55 | Jan 23rd

On November 11, 2018, seismologists began puzzling over a weird low-frequency rumble that rang through the entire planet. The wave wasn’t connected to any known events, and scientists remain mystified by the mysterious phenomenon. Join the guys as th...Show More

Famous Lost Tombs, Part II

55:28 | Jan 18th

Join the guys as they explore more strange and mysterious cases of famous lost grave sites — some of which were lost on purpose.

Famous Lost Tombs, Part I

57:53 | Jan 16th

In an earlier episode, the guys delved into the modern mystery of Genghis Khan's hidden grave, and found he was far from the only famous historical figure lost to secrecy and the inevitable march of time. Travel with the gang as they unravel more sto...Show More

What exactly is 'Natural Flavoring'?

36:19 | Jan 11th

You can find phrases touting "natural" flavoring on products throughout most modern supermarkets, from beverages to cereal to more -- but what exactly does this mean? Join the guys as they delve into the fact (and fiction) surrounding the use of "nat...Show More

Is MI5 a Criminal Organization?

48:49 | Jan 9th

Also known as the Security Service, MI5 is the United Kingdom's domestic counter-intelligence and security agency, dealing with threats inside the kingdom. However, recent revelations have shown that, in some cases, the organization may have helped t...Show More

How Jeffrey Epstein Broke The Law and Got Away

1:03:03 | Jan 4th

Jeffrey Epstein made a name for himself as a mysterious money manager with friends in very high places, from Bill Clinton to Donald Trump, British royalty and more. His firm refused to do business with anyone worth less than one billion dollars, and ...Show More

The Truth Behind the Salem Witch Trials, with Aaron Mahnke

52:46 | Jan 2nd

Join Ben and Matt as they interview Aaron Mahnke, the creator of the world-famous Lore podcast, about Unobscured, the new series where he dives deep into the true story of the Salem witch trials. How many people were tried? How many actually died? Wh...Show More

It's the End of the Year as We Know It

1:09:58 | Dec 28th, 2018

Regardless of how you feel about one conspiracy or another, there’s no denying that 2018 was chock-full of insane allegations (and some disturbingly true stories). Join the guys as they look back on little-known stories from the past year, as well as...Show More

CLASSIC: The Mysterious Origins of Christmas

24:05 | Dec 26th, 2018

Chances are that you've heard of the alleged war on Christmas, which some believe is an effort to distance the celebration from its origins. But what are those origins, exactly -- and where do modern Christmas traditions come from? Tune in to learn m...Show More

The End Of The World with Josh Clark

47:33 | Dec 21st, 2018

How long do humans have left on Earth? As species go, humanity has had a brief, incredibly transformative run here on Earth. We've mined resources, farmed food, hunted animals, built cities and polluted ecosystems across the globe. There's no denying...Show More

What the F*ck is up with Florida?

39:17 | Dec 19th, 2018

Out of all the states in the Union, it seems like Florida is home to the craziest shenanigans. Every few days another story about a weird, madcap crime in the Sunshine state makes the circuit in mass media, and it’s created a nationwide stereotype ab...Show More

The Mysterious Death of Biohacker Aaron Traywick

57:33 | Dec 14th, 2018

When controversial transhumanism activist and erstwhile CEO Aaron Traywick was found dead in a sensory deprivation tank on April 29th, 2018, many of his critics and colleagues suspected there was more to his death than an apparently accidental ketami...Show More

The Kurim Case

47:19 | Dec 12th, 2018

 In 2007, a new father in the small Czech town of Kurim installed a baby monitor only to find that, instead of picking up the feed from his own home, he was receiving a camera signal from his neighbors’ house. The feed showed two young, filthy boys l...Show More

Who were the Si-Te-Cah?

31:13 | Dec 7th, 2018

Did a race of red-haired, not-quite-human, cannibalistic giants really terrorize the Paiute people in ancient America? For a long time, according to the story, this tale was thought to be little more than a piece of imaginative folklore -- until, tha...Show More

What's happening at Pine Gap?

58:33 | Dec 5th, 2018

Located just a few miles away from Alice Springs, Australia, Pine Gap is known as one of the country's hotbeds of surveillance and secrecy -- but what exactly goes on there? What is it these over 800 Australian and U.S. employees do every day? Join t...Show More

Everyone Knew Non-stick Pans Were Poisonous (And No One Told You)

35:06 | Nov 30th, 2018

Non-stick pans are incredibly convenient -- they save hours of time, and make cooking less labor-intensive. Some might say the technology sounds too good to be true! As it turns out, that just might be the case. Tune in to learn how 3M, DuPont and ot...Show More

Agent 355: Washington's Secret Spy

46:55 | Nov 28th, 2018

Spies aren't just relegated to the Cold War and James Bond -- in fact, spycraft played a crucial role in the Revolutionary War. One of the government's most effective spies was so accomplished that, even in the modern day, their identity remains a my...Show More

Above Majestic, with David Wilcock

1:04:20 | Nov 23rd, 2018

The recent film Above Majestic looks at the origins, history and conspiracies behind the "Majestic 12," an alleged, secret group of military and corporate figureheads charged with reverse-engineering extraterrestrial technology. Join the guys as they...Show More

Why do so many people hate Nestlé?

1:06:08 | Nov 21st, 2018

Nestlé is the world's largest food and beverage company, and it's no surprise that an entity this large would, at some point over the decades, become embroiled in a controversy or two. However, according to critics and numerous advocacy groups, Nestl...Show More

The Future of Censorship

58:46 | Nov 16th, 2018

What should people be allowed to say online? What sort of control should states or private entities have over images, concepts, speeches and other content created by individuals, groups or the public? Join the guys as they explore the controversial p...Show More

STDWYTK Live: Secrets of The Federal Reserve

1:57:06 | Nov 14th, 2018

From the secret signs of homeless communities to Toynbee tiles, the world of advertisement and even the US dollar, the world is chock-full of hidden signs, languages and symbols. Recently, the guys hit the road, traveling across the northeast and exp...Show More

Current Concentration Camps: 2018 and Beyond

1:12:22 | Nov 9th, 2018

When most people hear the phrase "concentration camp" we immediately think of the atrocities of World War II. Sadly, that's not the end of the story. Despite global efforts to cover up the existence of detainment, re-education and concentration camps...Show More

Who Controls The Music You Hear?

47:59 | Nov 7th, 2018

Music is one of the first human languages, and today it's also a multi-billion dollar industry. Each year, multitudes of would-be superstars pour blood, sweat, cash and tears into their dream of making it big on the public stage. So what sets the suc...Show More

The Dark Alliance: Did the US government and druglords kill Gary Webb?

54:32 | Nov 2nd, 2018

Stubborn, determined and tenacious, Gary Webb was the quintessential investigative journalist. In his work for a newspaper called The Mercury News, Gary explored the relationship between right-wing revolutionary Contras in Nicaragua, the crack cocain...Show More

Is Voter Fraud a Fraud?

1:06:43 | Oct 31st, 2018

Depending on who you ask, voter fraud is a widespread threat to the U.S. democratic system or a piece of "fake news". How often are people fraudulently voting? Is there really a cover-up or conspiracy to corrupt the vote? Join Ben and Matt as they ex...Show More

DARPA 2019 and Beyond

1:00:12 | Oct 26th, 2018

DARPA is the source of numerous astonishing technological innovations — as well as some terrifying ones, and often the research associated with this organization remains under wraps for years. However, it’s possible to make some pretty good guesses a...Show More

The Strange Story of the GhostNet

56:14 | Oct 24th, 2018

The rise of the Internet Age allowed billions of people to access virtually endless stores of information, but it had a dark side -- one of which was the rise of a new kind of army: Groups that used viruses and software the way other militaries use m...Show More

The Stuff YouTube Doesn’t Want You To Know

27:54 | Oct 19th, 2018

YouTube is huge — as you’re reading this sentence, millions of people are clicking through videos to watch their favorite celebrities, learn new skills, listen to music and more. Yet there’s more to this platform than the casual viewer might suspect....Show More

Ancient Civilizations in Antarctica?

1:12:40 | Oct 17th, 2018

Among all the continents of Earth, Antarctica remains both the most inhospitable and the most mysterious. Today the only humans on the landmass are researchers and their support staff, charged with studying climate change, the local ecosystem and the...Show More

The Michael Jordan Conspiracy, Featuring the Culture Kings

1:04:36 | Oct 12th, 2018

On October 6th, 1993, living legend Michael Jordan shocked the world when he abruptly announced his retirement from the Chicago Bulls. Was the world's most famous basketball player really just tired of the game? In the days, months and years followin...Show More

Real Life Super Powers Part II

1:12:47 | Oct 10th, 2018

Does someone have real-life superspeed? Can people telepathically control machines? When the guys originally began investigating real-life superpowers, they had no idea how many extraordinary abilities they would end up discovering. Tune in for the s...Show More

Behind the Curtain of the Music Industry with J. Prince

40:27 | Oct 5th, 2018

For most fans, the music industry can be a relatively obscure enterprise — we might know our favorite singers, MCs or bands, but often we have no idea what goes on behind the scenes as managers, labels and government agencies attempt influence, sprea...Show More

Introducing Unobscured, a new podcast from the creator of Lore

02:23 | Oct 4th, 2018

History is full of stories we think we know. They are old and dark, but time has robbed us of perspective and clarity. They've become obscured and misunderstood. Which is why this series exists: to dig deep and shed light on some of history’s darkest...Show More

The Bunyip and Beyond: Meet the Cryptids of Australia

1:07:09 | Oct 3rd, 2018

Over the years, the guys have explored stories of cryptids across the planet, but in all their podcast journeys they somehow never made it to Australia -- at least, that is, until today. Tune in as they investigate the tales of Australian cryptids wi...Show More

Sex Cults and Rocket Science: The Jack Parsons Story

1:05:50 | Sep 28th, 2018

Jack Parsons was a rocket engineer and rocket propulsion researcher responsible for astonishing breakthroughs in his field. However, Parsons had a double life -- a private passion for the occult that led him to eventually join Aleister Crowley's new ...Show More

1-833-STDWYTK

59:22 | Sep 26th, 2018

You've heard the guys mention their new call-in line on previous episodes -- but what actually happens to all those messages from your fellow Conspiracy Realists? Listen in as Ben, Matt and Noel field your calls in today's episode.

The Beatles Conspiracies

1:06:43 | Sep 21st, 2018

As one of the biggest musical acts in human history, the Beatles didn't just fundamentally change the course of music -- they also affected society at large in numerous ways, evolving beyond musicians to larger-than-life icons in the public eye. And,...Show More

The Secrets of the Hidden Chinese Pyramid

38:39 | Sep 19th, 2018

Pyramids aren't just for Egypt! Join Ben and Matt as they dive into the strange story of a hidden pyramid in China, an ancient lost civilization that, recently uncovered, holds disturbing secrets in the modern day. 

Behind The Scenes of Atlanta Monster and Up and Vanished with Payne Lindsey

47:26 | Sep 14th, 2018

Join Ben, Matt and Noel as they interview Payne Lindsey, the creator of Atlanta Monster and Up and Vanished, for a behind-the-scenes look at Payne's process for developing these shows (as well as a sneak peek on Up and Vanished Season 2). 

Is the Ark of the Covenant Hidden in Ethiopia?

59:51 | Sep 12th, 2018

The Ark of the Covenant is the legendary wooden chest said to hold Ten Commandments, engraved on stone tablets. For thousands of years people have searched for the Ark with little to no success. However, according to the guardians of The Church of Ou...Show More

Italy's Satanic Murders

1:02:36 | Sep 7th, 2018

If you're an American, you're probably familiar with the famous 'Satanic Panic' of the 80s and 90s -- but did you know Italy experienced something extremely similar? And, even crazier, did you know that Italy has a documented case of an active Satani...Show More

Introducing Happy Face, a New True Crime Series From HowStuffWorks

03:51 | Sep 6th, 2018

For Melissa Moore, 1995 was a nightmare. That’s the year the teenager learned her father, Keith Hunter Jesperson, was a serial killer. It’s also the year Melissa Moore’s doubt spiral began: When you look like your father, and you share his intelligen...Show More

Here's Where it Gets Crazy - September 2018

1:01:01 | Sep 5th, 2018

Have you joined the Here's Where It Gets Crazy facebook group? If so, tune in -- you just might be on the air in today's episode of listener mail. 

The Control Group with Bret Wood

52:07 | Aug 31st, 2018

In the era of the Cold War, intelligence agencies on both sides of the iron curtain desperately raced to secure any possible technological advantage, even if it meant breaking the law along the way. Join the guys as they interview filmmaker Bret Wood...Show More

The Hollywood Sex Cult - NXIVM

1:03:23 | Aug 29th, 2018

On the surface, NXVIM seemed like any other multi-level marketing company or self-help group. It offered numerous development seminars and executive success programs, just like those of other, similar institutions. Yet NXVIM had a sinister side, a hi...Show More

What is Agent Orange?

47:34 | Aug 24th, 2018

Named for the orange stripe lining the 55 gallon barrels containing this herbicide and defoliant, Agent Orange was one of the most widely-used "rainbow herbicides" of the Vietnam war. But it wasn't just harmful to plants. Soon after it was deployed i...Show More

Stanley Kubrick: The Man and the Myths

1:06:44 | Aug 22nd, 2018

Legendary auteur Stanley Kubrick is considered one of the most important single individuals in the history of modern film. There’s no question that his techniques, approach and body of work have influenced countless filmmakers -- but, according to so...Show More

The Mystery of North Sentinel Island

56:39 | Aug 17th, 2018

India controls numerous islands in the Indian Ocean, and they have a strange set of rules for North Sentinel Islands -- a tiny, remote place most people wouldn't visit anyway. You see, the Indian government maintains a 'zone of exclusion' surrounding...Show More

Who created the opioid epidemic?

1:09:40 | Aug 15th, 2018

In the U.S. doctors often prescribe opioids for pain management, and it's no secret that these substances are a big business for pharmaceutical companies -- and, increasingly, it's no secret that exposure to these legal pills are turning patients int...Show More

The Ariel School UFO Encounter

58:54 | Aug 10th, 2018

On September 16, 1994, teachers and school officials at the Ariel School in Ruwa, Zimbabwe were amazed when the school's students reported that a flying object had landed on the school grounds. What makes this sighting unique? What differentiates it ...Show More

What is the Key of Solomon?

47:50 | Aug 8th, 2018

Imagine that you could possess a genuine, real-life spellbook -- something that could enable you to summon and command otherworldly powers, to accrue riches and shed light on the dark mysteries of the heavens. People who believe such a thing is possi...Show More

The Hidden Tomb of Genghis Khan

1:08:23 | Aug 3rd, 2018

Genghis Khan was one of the world's most successful conquerors, and his empire left an indelible mark across Eurasia. Yet upon his death his body was spirited away to an unmarked grave, and everyone associated with the burial -- so far as we know -- ...Show More

How can you become a ufologist?

56:50 | Aug 1st, 2018

UFO researchers, also known as ufologists, make frequent appearances in pop culture, and many are professional, full-time experts in their field. But how exactly does one become a ufologist? Join the guys as they dive into this question, searching fo...Show More

Can a President pardon himself?

1:04:04 | Jul 27th, 2018

According to the U.S. Constitution, the President of the United States has the power to pardon pretty much anyone. This is a broad, sweeping power that past administrations have used in a variety of ways, some more controversial than others. However,...Show More

Will Google start impersonating you?

55:37 | Jul 25th, 2018

If you're like millions of other people, you hate making phone calls. "Why can't I just text," you might think, "and only call if there's an emergency?" Google may soon have a solution with Duplex, a new technology for conducting natural conversation...Show More

Conspiracies That Turned Out To Be True

1:06:31 | Jul 20th, 2018

Often in the mainstream media the term "conspiracy theory" is used as a way of dismissing a claim or idea immediately -- and it's a technique that works more often than you might think. However, despite the ardent efforts of various powerful groups a...Show More

Did Buzz Aldrin see a UFO?

48:48 | Jul 18th, 2018

Over the course of his career with NASA, legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin changed the course of human history. From his groundbreaking work with EVA techniques to his walk on the moon with Apollo 11 mission commander Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin has se...Show More

Expats and Espionage: The Story of Operation Chaos

1:02:31 | Jul 13th, 2018

During the Vietnam War, the U.S. government was desperate to maintain order and combat the growing domestic opposition to the war effort -- both the U.S.S.R. and the U.S. waged a war of ideas, of propaganda that could, in its own way, wield as much p...Show More

What is Multi-level Marketing?

1:02:35 | Jul 11th, 2018

If you've ever spent time on Facebook or Instagram, you've probably seen a few strange posts advertising tremendous opportunities to start your own business -- along with a friend or acquaintance -- selling anything from cosmetics to nutritional supp...Show More

The Kennedy Curse

57:20 | Jul 6th, 2018

The Kennedy family is one of the most well-known and influential dynasties in US politics, and the family members are enormously wealthy. Yet despite successfully seeding nepotism at the heights of government, functioning as pseudo-celebrities and ra...Show More

Canada Built a 'Gaydar' Machine

59:45 | Jul 4th, 2018

Nowadays Canada has a well-earned international reputation as an incredibly polite and considerate country, but like any nation Canada has more than a few skeletons in its historical closet. Join the guys as they explore the strange story of Canada's...Show More

From Rock to UFOs: The Tom DeLonge Story

1:21:41 | Jun 29th, 2018

At the height of their success, the band Blink-182 became a key force in the development of pop punk. Despite their worldwide fame, guitarist and vocalist Tom DeLonge eventually left the band. Why? Join Ben, Matt and special guest John Goforth of Hys...Show More

The Cult of the Garbage Eaters

57:59 | Jun 27th, 2018

In small towns, neglected glades and college campuses across America, small groups of bearded wanderers in homespun clothes are spreading a message -- that the End of Times is upon us, and only the truly righteous shall be saved. Living primarily off...Show More

Children and Prison

44:54 | Jun 22nd, 2018

Compared to other countries, the US has a massive incarceration rate. While the prison system has passionate supporters and ardent opponents, there's another aspect to the story -- one often ingored and forgotten: What happens to the children of pris...Show More

Google, the Pentagon and AI

1:04:37 | Jun 20th, 2018

Google -- or, more properly, Alphabet -- is a huge company, and is at the bleeding edge of numerous technological innovations. So, while it wasn't necessarily a surprise that Uncle Sam wanted Google's help building AI, it certainly disturbed a great ...Show More

What is the Windsor hum?

50:34 | Jun 15th, 2018

For years residents of Windsor, Ontario have been haunted by a strange, disruptive noise. Sometimes compared to a truck idling or distant thunder, numerous residents say the noise has damaged people’s health and quality of life, But what exactly is t...Show More

Here's Where It Gets Crazy - FB Special

57:09 | Jun 13th, 2018

Have you checked out Stuff They Don't Want You To Know's new facebook community page? Join the guys as they delve into your comments, suggestions and threads on Here's Where It Gets Crazy.

Have psychics solved any actual crimes?

1:04:31 | Jun 8th, 2018

It's a common trope in film and TV -- a police department at their wits' end calls in a favor and makes contact with a genuine psychic, someone in tune with the greater mysteries of life, death and the universe. In works of fiction these individuals ...Show More

DNA and Crime: The Original Night Stalker

57:08 | Jun 6th, 2018

It’s official -- after decades of dead ends, tantalizing theories and frustrating leads, justice has finally caught up with The Golden State Killer, also known as The Original Night Stalker. 72 year old Joseph James DeAngelo seemed set to quietly dis...Show More

What is Predictive Programming?

53:14 | Jun 1st, 2018

What if everything you encounter in your day-to-day interactions is somehow prescient? Are the games you play and the films you watch meant to normalize genres of experience -- and, if so, to what end? Ben and Matt explore the idea of weaponized mass...Show More

The Murky World of Serial Killer Memorabilia

55:48 | May 30th, 2018

Whether in fiction or in real life, the concept of the serial killer occupies a unique space in the American zeitgeist. Audiences across the planet flock to films about serial killers, and readers across the world peruse headlines of true life crimes...Show More

From the Past to the Modern Day: Does torture actually work?

1:02:26 | May 25th, 2018

It's one of the most ancient practices in human civilization, and one that continues in the modern day. In recent decades experts, military officials and activists alike have argued over the definitions of torture -- and, most importantly, whether it...Show More

Are frogs really changing gender?

48:05 | May 23rd, 2018

You might have heard this one before -- for years, various fringe researchers and commentators have argued that the government or some other shadowy entity is purposefully changing the gender of amphibians (specifically, frogs) throughout the United ...Show More

Imperialism and Iran

1:02:41 | May 18th, 2018

The Islamic Republic of Iran, located in western Asia, has historically been the seat of several massively influential empires. Today, it's home to over 81 million people and some of the world's most lucrative petroleum supplies. Currently tensions b...Show More

What are Ultraterrestrials?

55:59 | May 16th, 2018

Despite diligent, time-consuming efforts by institutions across the planet, human beings have yet to find any universally-accepted proof of extraterrestial life. For many, this is a simple function of the math involved -- the universe is just too lar...Show More

Is the Palace of Versailles haunted?

44:36 | May 11th, 2018

When Louis XIV expanded his father's old hunting pavilion he created one of the greatest achievements in French 17th century art -- a massive, opulent compound that became the seat of high society and French government. In the modern day, the Palace ...Show More

Uncaught Serial Killers, Part 3

57:37 | May 9th, 2018

In the third segment of this recurring series, Ben, Matt and Noel return to the grisly world of true crime, killers who not only committed multiple murders but were never caught and, in some cases, may well be alive and free today. Several of these m...Show More

The Comey Revelations

1:10:34 | May 4th, 2018

On May 9th, 2017, then-FBI Director James Comey was fired. His most well-known recent investigations involved the Clinton campaign's email scandal and the allegations of Russian election interference in 2017. In the aftermath of the dismissal, he wro...Show More

Is democracy impossible?

54:10 | May 2nd, 2018

In Stuff They Don't Want You To Know's inaugural podcast, Ben and Matt explored the strange career of Edward Bernays, the then-obscure Father of Public Relations responsible for selling the American public on everything from bacon as breakfast to cor...Show More

Cambridge Analytica and Facebook

1:13:03 | Apr 27th, 2018

Love it or hate it, Facebook is one of the biggest success stories of the past century. Billions of people have profiles, and for many users it's the only source of online news or social interaction. And Facebook collects as much information as possi...Show More

Could a thought be alive?

43:10 | Apr 25th, 2018

From imaginary friends to tulpas, the idea that that the human mind can create life through focused thought alone is as old as recorded civilization. But what does science have to say about imaginary friends? Are they pure hallucinations, part of a h...Show More

Several Terrifying Things You Just Ate

56:16 | Apr 20th, 2018

Nowadays it seems like a few times a year we’ll hear about a food scandal -- contaminated meat, perhaps, or recalled yogurt. We’ll also inevitably hear something like “studies show coffee is good, or bad, for you.” When you add up all these complaint...Show More

The Great Volkswagen Cover-up, with Scott Benjamin

57:09 | Apr 18th, 2018

For decades one the world's largest auto manufacturers lied to governments and the public, polluting the planet and evading the same environmental standards they themselves publicly championed. Of course, this is unfortunately a common occurrence in ...Show More

What was the Chappaquiddick Incident?

56:37 | Apr 13th, 2018

On July 18th, 1969, campaign strategist Mary Jo Kopechne and Senator Ted Kennedy were involved in a single-car accident while departing a reunion held at Chappaquiddick island. Only one of them made it it out of the car alive. In the hours, days, wee...Show More

Redacted: Canadian Cover-ups, Sleep Paralysis and Death by Supervolcano

46:44 | Apr 11th, 2018

Have you ever written in to Stuff They Don't Want You To Know? If so, you might be in today's episode. Ben, Matt and Noel often point out that you, the listener, are the most important part of the show, and in this episode they're putting their money...Show More

Was Benjamin Franklin a serial killer?

51:38 | Apr 6th, 2018

Today Benjamin Franklin is known as one of the founding fathers of the US, and there’s no doubt that he played a tremendously influential role in the creation of the country. But Franklin, known then and now as a bit of an eccentric. But what about h...Show More

Ernest Withers: Civil Rights Hero, FBI Spy

52:35 | Apr 4th, 2018

50 years ago today, the American Civil Rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. His legacy lives on in recorded speeches, memorials across the country, photographs by legendary photojournalist Ernest C. Withers and ...Show More

Cryptocurrency Conspiracies, Part II

1:01:22 | Mar 30th, 2018

In the first part of this two-episode series, the guys interviewed tech expert Jonathan Strickland on the mechanics of bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. In this episode, Jonathan returns to field some of the weirdest, funniest and most disturbing conspir...Show More

Cryptocurrency Conspiracies, Part I

59:07 | Mar 26th, 2018

You've heard of bitcoin before. It's the entirely digital, decentralized currency that supporters tout as the next step in financial evolution -- and critics call a massive scam. But what exactly are cryptocurrencies? How do they work, and why do som...Show More

Is someone using sonic weapons in Cuba?

54:42 | Mar 23rd, 2018

Recently employees at the US Embassy in Cuba reported a strange and disquietening phenomenon. They complained of vertigo, nausea, hearing loss and more accompanied by a strange hum and whine that followed them into their homes. The State Department r...Show More

A Digital Cult? The Strange Story of Bentinho Massaro

1:08:12 | Mar 16th, 2018

One person's cult is another person's inarguable truth, and over millenia many spiritual or cultural belief systems have been called cults. Typically organizations called cults have a few commonal traits, one of the chief of which is isolation. So ca...Show More

Are exorcisms on the rise?

1:02:47 | Mar 9th, 2018

Nowadays, most people in the West associate exorcism with horror movies instead of real-life terror. However, people around the world still feel that they have been possessed, and experts from various faiths across the planet still conduct exorcisms ...Show More

The Modern Vampire: Longer Life Through Younger Blood

1:01:13 | Mar 2nd, 2018

We’ve heard the legends of vampires for thousands of years, and while the vast majority of modern humans relegate the stories to the domain of myth and folklore, more and more experts are wondering if technology will allow us to create something very...Show More

What's happening in Saudi Arabia?

1:07:43 | Feb 23rd, 2018

For decades Saudi Arabia has been at the heart of numerous controversies, from the policies of its strict theocratic, gender-segregated government to its influence over the oil market and continual involvement with religious extremist groups. Recentl...Show More

How The US Secretly Tracked UFOs with Jeremy Corbell

1:01:43 | Feb 16th, 2018

Recently, the New York Times broke a story that baffled most ordinary readers -- until about 2012, the Pentagon had run a multi-million dollar, secretive program to collect numerous reports of unexplained aerial phenomena and unidentified flying obje...Show More

Hollywood's Abuse Epidemic

55:34 | Feb 9th, 2018

For decades people knew that sexual abuse occurred in Tinseltown. It was an open, dirty secret just behind the curtain of the most popular films, tv and stage shows in the country. And the victims of abuse rarely spoke out -- when they did, they risk...Show More

Should we be conCERNed?

58:08 | Feb 2nd, 2018

Sure, we worked way too hard for that pun in the title, but it's a serious question: CERN, or the European Organization for Nuclear Research is one of the world's largest, most prominent centres for scientific research. The experts at CERN use the wo...Show More

The Grand Canyon's Lost Civilization?

55:47 | Jan 26th, 2018

The Grand Canyon is a breath-taking natural formation, and every year more than 4 million people visit. Despite its popularity, areas of the canyon remain dangerously remote, and it’s no secret that numerous people have disappeared in or around the c...Show More

What exactly are 'Ghost Lights'?

58:49 | Jan 19th, 2018

For centuries people in countries across the planet have reported seeing mysterious, glowing lights that appear to move of their own volition through the darkness. Whether you call them Ghost Lights, Spook Lights, Will o' the Wisps or any other numbe...Show More

The Strange World of Inexplicable Skeletons

59:01 | Jan 12th, 2018

What’s going on with all these stories about strange skeletons? From legends of the crystal skull to allegations of ancient extraterrestrial remains and giants, it seems the world is chock-full of mysterious, semi-humanoid remains. Join Ben, Matt and...Show More

Biomedical Big Brother

58:55 | Jan 5th, 2018

In the near future, your doctor may begin prescribing 'smart pills,' medicines that remain in contact with your hospital, pharmacy or doctor's office and tell your health care providers whether you're sticking to the treatment schedule, along with ot...Show More

STDWYTK Presents: See You Next Time

42:14 | Dec 29th, 2017

In 1933, a composer named Rezső Seress created one of the world's most infamous tunes -- a melancholy, mysterious piece known as 'Gloomy Sunday.' Over the following decades, this song became notorious for the sinister effects it had on anyone who lis...Show More

Building Disney: The Magic Kingdom and the CIA

53:06 | Dec 22nd, 2017

Disney World is one of the planet’s most well-known travel destinations, and over the decades it’s been the subject of bizarre rumors -- some more plausible than others. But how did this gigantic park get started? Join the guys as they delve into the...Show More

Charles Manson is Dead, Part 2

57:04 | Dec 15th, 2017

When authorities arrested members of the Manson Family for the Tate-LaBianca murders, they'd intended it to be the final chapter of a terrifying story. However, as the trial progressed, it quickly became evident that this was only the beginning of a ...Show More

Charles Manson is Dead, Part 1

46:03 | Dec 8th, 2017

After spending decades in prison, former cult leader Charles Manson passed away in November of 2017. In the wake of his death, millions of people re-examined his strange, disturbing life story, tracing his evolution from an abused child to one of the...Show More

Are there any real underwater military bases?

1:00:58 | Dec 1st, 2017

We've all seen the space-age secret bases in science fiction and blockbuster films, but could a government or corporation really build a secret, permanent deep-sea base? Where would they do it? Why? Join the guys as they dive into (get it?) the murky...Show More

The Bicameral Mind with Joe McCormick

1:07:03 | Nov 24th, 2017

How old is the phenomenon we call consciousness, and where did it come from? Was humanity always capable of metacognition -- the ability to think about thinking? If it wasn't, then how did our ancestors process the world around them, and how did they...Show More

What happened to Commander Crabb?

1:04:26 | Nov 10th, 2017

Today's episode comes from the heart of the Cold War -- when Lionel 'Buster' Crabb disappeared on a mysterious spying mission, his relatives and colleagues refused to believe the official story. Over time, this story changed. As investigators attempt...Show More

The Sordid, Secret World of Televangelists and Megachurches

1:09:49 | Nov 3rd, 2017

What if believing in success became the same thing as succeeding? Religious figures around the world encourage their followers to equate financial donations with future material gains. Join Ben, Matt and Noel as they dive into the heart of Prosperity...Show More

Off-World Implants with Jeremy Corbell

57:50 | Oct 27th, 2017

For decades people around the globe have insisted that they were abducted and, via implants, tagged like animals. Join the guys as they interview documentarian Jeremy Corbell about his experience diving into the strange world of alleged abduction and...Show More

Did a cult try to run South Korea?

59:40 | Oct 20th, 2017

In 2017 South Korean President Park Guen-hye was impeached and ousted from power as a result of a wide-reaching corruption scandal touching everything from big business to religion. In the aftermath, the world’s been left asking: What exactly happene...Show More

What is the Dragon's Triangle?

57:21 | Oct 13th, 2017

Join the guys as they dive headfirst into the conspiratorial lore surrounding vile vortices, as well as the fact -- and fiction -- surrounding the so-called Devil's Sea.

Titanic Conspiracies

1:01:34 | Oct 6th, 2017

Join Ben, Matt and Noel as they take a closer look at the true story of the Titanic.

The Gulen Movement

1:03:32 | Sep 29th, 2017

What do private schools and revolution have in common? The answer may surprise you.

Will The World End Tomorrow?

1:12:19 | Sep 22nd, 2017

Ben, Matt and Noel record new episodes every Friday -- this afternoon, they're in the studio one day before a group of people believes the world will end on September 23rd, 2017.

Can You Really Delete Your Internet History?

1:23:11 | Sep 15th, 2017

Join the guys as they collaborate with Part-Time Genius to explore the ins and outs of your online identity.

Real-life Superpowers

1:20:43 | Sep 8th, 2017

Join the guys as they take a closer look at extraordinary beings across the planet. Is someone attempting to manufacture and control these abilities?

The Holy Grail with Tansy Baigent

55:10 | Sep 1st, 2017

Join the guys as they interview Tansy Baigent, the daughter of prolific Grail theorist and author Michael Baigent.

Inside America's Zone of Death

58:12 | Aug 25th, 2017

The guys explore a tiny part of the United States, tucked away in Yellowstone, where you can commit any crime you like and never go to trial.

It's Our Lucky Day, With Archer's Dr. Krieger

1:39:02 | Aug 18th, 2017

Join the guys as they interview Lucky Yates, the prolific actor and voice of Dr. Krieger of FX's Archer.

STDWYTK Presents: How May I Help You?

39:51 | Aug 11th, 2017

The guys have teamed up with their extended conspiracy family to present a unique tale of morality, of good and evil, and... fast food.

Top-secret Bunkers with Garrett Graff

59:48 | Aug 4th, 2017

Join the guys as they interview Garrett M. Graff, the author of Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government’s Secret Plan to Save Itself — While the Rest of Us Die.

Utsuro Bune: Ancient Japanese UFOs?

1:06:21 | Jul 28th, 2017

Utsuro Bune is a tale that dates back centuries -- a bizarre, spherical ship washes ashore in Japan, containing a single passenger.

Missing 411 with David Paulides

1:17:37 | Jul 21st, 2017

Join the guys as they interview David Paulides, the author of the Missing 411 series, to learn more about his work and research into disappearances.

What about the other pyramids?

1:07:06 | Jul 14th, 2017

While the pyramids of Egypt may be the most well-known, they are far from the only example of these structures.

Moving to Mars with Marshall Brain

1:20:10 | Jul 7th, 2017

Ben, Matt and Noel talk to the smartest guy they know: Marshall Brain, the founder of HowStuffWorks and author of 'Imagining Elon Musk's Million-Person Mars Colony.'

Is Money a Religion?

1:20:42 | Jun 30th, 2017

What if, instead of becoming less religious, the world has simply switched to another religion… the church of money?

The Search For Bigfoot

1:14:05 | Jun 23rd, 2017

Join the guys as they interview David Bakara, the creator of Expediton: Bigfoot, to learn more about his search for the creature and the inspiration behind his museum

Could we still discover unknown large animals?

54:06 | Jun 16th, 2017

Experts believe that millions of undiscovered species exist in the modern day -- but most are tiny microbes and insects. What if there are much larger undiscovered creatures out there?

What was the Black Hand?

46:33 | Jun 9th, 2017

In the early 20th century, single assassination by an secret society launched Europe in all-out war. So what was the Black Hand?

Serial Killers on the Loose: Part 2

1:11:42 | Jun 2nd, 2017

An unidentified killer goes on a murder spree and disappears in a clean getaway, taunting the cops before disappearing. Listen in to learn more about killers who (so far) vanished into thin air.

What is red mercury?

1:02:42 | May 26th, 2017

What exactly is red mercury -- and why can't anyone agreee about its chemical makeup, uses, or effects? Tune in and learn why there might be more to the story.

Unacknowledged: An Interview with Dr. Steven Greer

1:18:09 | May 19th, 2017

Join the guys as they interview the founder of CSETI and The Disclosure Project, Dr. Steven M. Greer, about the future of government secrets, UFOs and disclosure.

Facial Recognition with Jonathan Strickland

1:07:35 | May 12th, 2017

You've heard of facial recognition technology. Join the guys and special guest Jonathan Strickland as they explore the disturbing facts.

The Collapse of Atlanta

41:55 | May 5th, 2017

In Atlanta, a section of I-85 collapsed days and then a sinkhole emerged in I-20. The city and media proposed several official explanations, but is there more to it?

What the heck is a Toynbee Tile?

56:35 | Apr 28th, 2017

For decades, mysterious tiles have appeared in dozens of cities across North and South America, touting a strange -- and strangely consistent -- message. But what are the Toynbee Tiles? What is their purpose and who made them?

What happened to Hitler?

1:02:36 | Apr 21st, 2017

On April 30th, 1945, one of the most infamous men in recent history died by his own hand as Allied forces bore down on his bunker. At least, that’s the official story. Yet for decades historians and theorists across the planet have questioned this na...Show More

ConspiracyStuff LIVE: The Future of Surveillance

51:58 | Apr 14th, 2017

Tune in as Ben, Matt and Noel explore bizarre buildings and the future of surveillance in this episode, recorded live in Brooklyn during NYCPodfest.

Where are the world's most frequent UFO sightings?

51:35 | Apr 7th, 2017

For millenia people across the planet have reported seeing bizarre objects in the sky.So what does the latest info tell us about UFO sightings? Where are they occur most frequently? The answer might surprise you.

Did Hallucinogens Create Religion?

54:48 | Mar 31st, 2017

How did the human species become the most self-aware, successful primate on the planet?

The Mysterious Lake City Quiet Pills

47:33 | Mar 24th, 2017

Did a group of private assassins use a series of sleazy websites as fronts for their base of operations? Join Ben, Matt and Noel as they delve into the mysterious story of Lake City Quiet Pills.

Did the CIA invent counterculture?

1:07:31 | Mar 17th, 2017

Why do so many people think the CIA invented the counterculture of the 1960s?

Die Glocke: The Legend of the Nazi Bell

1:12:08 | Mar 10th, 2017

Like most other militaries of the time, the Nazi army conducted extensive classified research into all aspects of warfare, from rocketry to drugs, tank improvements and so on. They also delved into more exotic realms, and their endeavors remain a sub...Show More

The Sick, Sweet Secret of the Sugar Cover-up

55:41 | Mar 3rd, 2017

Everyone knows sugar in excessive amounts can have damaging effects on your health -- but just how bad is it, and why do people in the US still consume so much? Join the guys as they delve into the strange story of the decades-long sugar conspiracy.

Did the US abandon soldiers in the Vietnam War?

1:00:40 | Feb 24th, 2017

At the close of the Paris Peace Accords, the US and Vietnam agreed to return any POWs to their home country -- however, for decades after the close of the conflict, people in country reported seeing missing American soldiers, sometimes held by foreig...Show More

Does China Have Psychic Child Soldiers?

54:36 | Feb 17th, 2017

Nowadays many people are familiar with the US government's bizarre psychic experiments -- but what about China's? Join the guys as they explore the strange phenomenon of China's psychic children.

David Icke and the Rise of the Lizard People

1:22:00 | Feb 10th, 2017

It's one of the most outlandish conspiracy theories in history -- the idea that the world is secretly ruled by a shadowy cabal of half-human, half-alien reptilian creatures. And its most famous proponent has kept this idea in the public eye for decad...Show More

What happened to Elisa Lam?

1:10:10 | Feb 3rd, 2017

In 2013, Canadian college student Elisa Lam disappeared while on a solo trip through California. For weeks law enforcement was at a loss to explain the disappearance -- until, that is, a maintenance worker at the Cecil Hotel discovered her body in a ...Show More

The NSA: Fact, Fiction and Fright

1:01:16 | Jan 27th, 2017

Since the 1950s, the National Security Agency has been responsible for collecting, analyzing and verifying a vast amount of signals intelligence, ostensibly to protect the people of the United States. Over the decades the agency has grown to become o...Show More

Grimoires: Fact and Fiction

1:13:55 | Jan 20th, 2017

From fictional works like the Necronomicon to the all-too-real Key of Solomon, humanity has long been obsessed with the idea of ancient tomes holding hidden, unholy and possibly dangerous secrets. But where do these grimoires come from? How many are ...Show More

The Hemp Car Cover-up

56:46 | Jan 13th, 2017

Make no mistake: the United States is a car culture, and the extreme sprawl of the country means the vast majority of citizens can’t realistically live without their cars. This has inevitably led to enormous amounts of pollution and (some would argue...Show More

Listener Appreciation 2017: The Cattle Witcher Edition

1:15:51 | Jan 7th, 2017

Have you written to your favorite conspiracy show lately? If so, tune in: Your message just might be on the air! Join Matt and Noel as they explore the latest, greatest - and, at times, strangest - tweets, emails and messages from the best audience i...Show More

Did Sheldon Gosline Discover a Lost Civilization?

34:02 | Dec 30th, 2016

For centuries self-assured academics believed Troy was a mythological city -- until, that is, the ruins were discovered. Over the span of history, the human species has lost people, cities and entire civilizations. Occasionally, governments don't wan...Show More

The Mystery of the Cagots

52:57 | Dec 23rd, 2016

For centuries communities in France and Spain practiced a brutal, widely-accepted system of discrimination against a group of families and individuals known as Cagots -- but who were these people? Where did they come from, and where are they now?

The Search For Noah's Ark

42:59 | Dec 16th, 2016

For centuries various groups claimed they'd discovered the remnants of Noah's Ark, the legendary wooden ship of Biblical fame. Despite controversy, skepticism and numerous dead ends, the search continues into the present day. And, what's more, severa...Show More

Is the Military On Drugs?

1:08:55 | Dec 9th, 2016

From the old stories of Viking Berserkers to the rise of the Assassins and more, humanity has spent millennia using drugs as a way to explore spirituality, repair the body -- and, sometimes, to gain an edge in combat. But how prevalent was this pract...Show More

News: The Fake vs. The Real

1:14:11 | Dec 2nd, 2016

The internet, while amazing, has given rise to the dangerous proliferation of misleading - or, in some cases, entirely fictitious- stories masquerading as news. So how can we outsmart the conspiracy of disinformation?

What is Project Iceworm?

42:20 | Nov 26th, 2016

How many secret military bases exist around the world? How many of those are active, and how many abandoned? Join Ben, Matt and Noel as they explore both the specific discovery of Project Iceworm and the larger practice of building top-secret bases a...Show More

Who Built The Georgia Guidestones?

1:20:36 | Nov 18th, 2016

After years of listener requests, Ben, Matt and Noel are finally exploring the mysterious story of the legendary Georgia Guidestones. Who built this monument, and why? Listen in to learn more.

What's Happening at the Dakota Access Pipeline?

49:12 | Nov 11th, 2016

As of 2014, North Dakota has a population under 500,000 -- so you, like many others, may be wondering why over 1.6 million people used social media to check in to the state's Standing Rock reservation. Listen in to learn more about the protests over ...Show More

Catholics, Children and Conspiracy: The Epidemic of Abuse

44:55 | Nov 4th, 2016

For decades various individuals and organizations with the Catholic Church were dogged by rumors of horrific abuse – and, eventually, it turned out that several of those rumors were true. But how far back does this abuse go, and how widespread is it?...Show More

Election, Part II: Top Clinton Conspiracies

1:12:33 | Oct 28th, 2016

Mere days before the US election, it seems overwhelmingly likely that either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will become the next President of the United States. Both candidates have been the source of great controversy, and in the second part of thi...Show More

Election, Part I: Top Trump Conspiracies

1:11:45 | Oct 21st, 2016

Donald Trump has captured global attention in his campaign for the Presidency – and, like his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, no small amount of controversy. So is there any truth to the massive conspiracy theories surrounding Trump? Tune in to ...Show More

What’s the US National Radio Quiet Zone?

1:02:53 | Oct 14th, 2016

Tucked away in a stretch of rural land in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland, the radio quiet zone is 13,000 square miles of near-total electronic silence. What’s going on in this area where cellphones don’t work and microwaves are illegal? Tune in...Show More

Skidoosh: The Listener Mail Episode

1:04:26 | Oct 7th, 2016

Have you sent the guys an email, tweet or FB message? If so, tune in – you might just be on the air in this special episode of listener mail.

Did aliens appear over Los Angeles?

40:16 | Sep 30th, 2016

In the wee hours of February 25th, 1942, air raid sirens resounded across LA. Anti-aircraft guns fired the better part of 1500 shells at something. To many people, that mysterious UFO has yet to be identified, more than half a century later. So what ...Show More

The Hidden World of Psychopaths

1:02:58 | Sep 23rd, 2016

How common are psychopaths? Is it possible that you've met one? Join the guys as they explore the fact, fiction and controversy surrounding one of the world's most widely misunderstood mental illnesses.

How could the CIA have faked the moon landing?

43:32 | Sep 16th, 2016

For nearly half a century people around the world have believed the moon landing was faked. If that were true, how could people possibly perpetrate such a massive hoax? Join Ben, Matt and Noel as they interview Matt Johnson about his newest film Oper...Show More

Sport Conspiracies, Part II

50:37 | Sep 9th, 2016

Could your favorite sports be fixed? Join Ben, Matt and Noel for their continuing interview with author Brian Tuohy as they explore the murky world behind the sports headlines - a world comprised of illegal gambling, extortion, blackmail and organize...Show More

Sports Conspiracies, Part I

49:27 | Sep 2nd, 2016

Could it be possible that your favorite sports are fixed? Join the guys as they interview Brian Tuohy, author of The Fix is In, on the murky connections between sports, gambling, politics and organized crime in the first part of this two-episode seri...Show More

Cannibalism: Fact and Fiction

44:25 | Aug 26th, 2016

Cannibalism is an ancient taboo, but how often has it actually occurred?

Human Experimentation: MIT and Cereal

53:18 | Aug 19th, 2016

Did the Quaker Oats company really do experiments on children? Join Matt and Ben as they dig into the checkered past of this cereal monolith.

Is Sesame Credit Dangerous?

54:24 | Aug 12th, 2016

What if you had a credit score that measured more than just your wallet? What if it took into account your political leanings, Internet traffic, and social media statements -- and what if the same stuff from your friends could affect your score? Thes...Show More

Did Teresita Basa avenge her own death?

32:28 | Aug 5th, 2016

Months after the murder of Teresita Basa, her former coworker began falling into trances, a voice identifying itself as Teresita issuing from her mouth. Whether or not you believe in ghosts, these statements turned out to be true, leading to the conv...Show More

Wikileaks and the DNC

47:45 | Jul 29th, 2016

Earlier this summer Wikileaks released a cache of internal emails from the Democratic National Committee. "Unnamed experts" trace this event back to Russian hackers. But who are these hackers? What proof exists? And, mosgt importantly, who hacked dem...Show More

Banks, Drugs and Money: Part 2

54:52 | Jul 22nd, 2016

In the conclusion of their two part interview with Robert Mazur, the guys explore the ins and outs of money laundering. Tune in to learn how dirty money gets clean - and what happens (or doesn't happen) to the bad guys when they're caught.

Banks, Drugs and Money: Part 1

59:27 | Jul 15th, 2016

In the first part of this two-episode series, the guys interview the legendary US Customs and Drug Enforcement agent Robert Mazur. Using the cover identity of Bob Musella, Mazur and his team tracked the shadowy financial dealings of drug traffickers ...Show More

Could someone erase the world's debt?

1:04:18 | Jul 8th, 2016

Modern civilization relies on the concept of debt. Wars are fought over it, loves lost and revolutions launched. So what would happen if, one day, it disappeared? Is it even possible? Tune in to learn more.

Free Wifi: Gambling with Your Privacy

57:19 | Jul 1st, 2016

Public wifi can be an enormously convenient thing -- it helps people dodge data charges in coffeeshops, airports and other places around the globe. But how safe is it? Tune in to learn more.

STDWYTK Live: The Future of VR

1:07:11 | Jun 24th, 2016

Since the dawn of civilization humanity has attempted to understand the nature of reality, and (relatively) recent breakthroughs in technology have allowed our species to move from encountering reality to creating different forms of it. But there's a...Show More

Crime, Kidnapping and Organs: The Red Market

1:00:21 | Jun 17th, 2016

For the majority of human history, a failing vital organ was a death sentence. Yet hard-won lessons from countless tragic medical experiments have given modern humans the amazing ability to swap a failing organ from a healthy one, often with good odd...Show More

Are there secret space programs?

1:04:00 | Jun 10th, 2016

For millenia humankind has dreamed of reaching the heavens, and in recent decades several countries have begun turning these dreams into reality. Yet the path to the stars isn't all altruism and noble scientific advancement -- in fact, human activiti...Show More

Berenstein or Berenstain? The Mandela Effect

50:47 | Jun 5th, 2016

How permanent is the past? Could facts, times, and specifics of events somehow change after the fact? If so, why? Learn more about the tricky nature of memory and allegations of the multiverse in today’s episode.

You're Worth About A Dollar: Targeted Online Ads

50:18 | May 27th, 2016

Have you ever searched for something online, only to find an eerily related series of ads popping up at each website you visit afterward? If so, you've encountered the Brave New World of targeted online advertising. But is it a force for good? For il...Show More

Chemtrails

47:31 | May 20th, 2016

Look -- up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a ...chemtrail? You've probably heard of these allegedly poisonous strips of stuff streaking across the sky, but what are they, exactly? Tune in to learn more.

Ghosthunters: The Warrens

1:03:09 | May 14th, 2016

For decades Ed and Lorraine Warren claimed to investigate paranormal phenomena, confronting the forces of darkness with the power of faith. They've inspired numerous films and become a part of American folklore -- so how much of their story is true?

Who was the Original Night Stalker?

43:58 | May 8th, 2016

From 1979 to 1986, an unknown serial killer assaulted and murdered at least 10 people. He remains uncaught to this day. So who was he? Is it possible to find the Original Night Stalker?

What are the Primary Elections?

57:25 | Apr 30th, 2016

To outside observers, the US primary elections can seem pretty confusing. So how do political parties use this system to select candidates - and why do critics feel the process is so corrupt?

What are Jinn?

50:03 | Apr 22nd, 2016

Forget everything you learned about 'genies' from Aladdin - tales of the Jinn, also called Djinn, are ancient and not at all as family-friendly as Disney might have you believe. So what are these mysterious creatures, exactly? Join the guys as they d...Show More

Money, Mystery and Millionaires: The Panama Papers

46:20 | Apr 15th, 2016

You’ve probably heard of shell companies, tax havens and offshore trusts. But how common are they? How many people use these techniques as a way to squirrel away money from the prying eyes of taxpayers, governments and nonbillionaires? What exactly d...Show More

Missing in National Parks

44:04 | Apr 8th, 2016

In 2015 alone more than 300 million people visited the US national park system. Some stayed for a few hours, others for a few days - and, occasionally, some never make it out. Join the guys as they take a closer look at the fact, fiction and conjectu...Show More

ISIS Recruitment Tactics

55:55 | Apr 2nd, 2016

The advent of social media technology has made global communication easier than ever before - yet this innovation creates opportunities for evil as well as good. Learn how ISIS is using social media to manipulate, groom and ultimately recruit people ...Show More

Beyond Flint: The Looming Lead Crisis

45:25 | Mar 25th, 2016

What's in the water in Flint? Did city officials really cover up a potentially deadly situation? Tune in as Ben, Matt and Noel look into the Stuff They Don't Want You to Know about the Flint water crisis.

The Fermi Paradox: Where the heck are all the aliens?

52:39 | Mar 18th, 2016

Given the sheer size of the universe, it's overwhelmingly likely that some form of alien life exists - so where the heck are they? Tune in to learn more.

Technology and the Occult

58:42 | Mar 11th, 2016

In this episode, the guys welcome returning special guest Damien Patrick Williams (aka @Wolven) as they explore the bizarre confluence of the occult and technology in the modern age, from AI oracles to the nature of consciousness, secret codes of cit...Show More

Alchemy | with Damien Patrick Williams

52:24 | Mar 4th, 2016

In today's episode, the gang joins forces with special guest Damien Patrick Williams (aka @Wolven) as they explore the origins of alchemy, as well as its strangest secrets, famous practitioners and effects on the modern day.

Flat Earth Update

52:35 | Feb 27th, 2016

In ancient days civilizations across the world believed Earth was some sort of plane, a flat space in the absolute center of the universe. In recent days some celebrities have revived the concept, alleging a vast conspiracy exists. Is this a genuine ...Show More

The Rise of the Superbug

1:09:52 | Feb 19th, 2016

It's true - scientists around the world are increasingly concerned that antibiotics are losing their effectiveness, leading to a future filled with unstoppable bacteria. But could it actually happen? How did we get here, and what happens next?

Cattle Mutilation

59:13 | Feb 12th, 2016

Are nefarious forces really moving through ranches in the night, mutilating livestock? Join Ben, Matt and Noel as they investigate the mystery of devoured and disfigured cattle around the world.

Why You Can't Win Arguments Online

1:04:03 | Feb 6th, 2016

Have you ever found yourself infuriated by someone's opinion posted online? Or, perhaps, taken it a step further and attempted to argue with them? Why can't you win an argument online? The answer leads into a cognitive conspiracy that might surprise ...Show More

Political Conspiracies: 2016

1:24:35 | Jan 30th, 2016

Every election season conspiracy theories proliferate across the political spectrum -- and some may be less crazy than others.

What is Gnosticism?

1:22:54 | Jan 23rd, 2016

Gnosticism may be one of the oldest conspiracy theories in human civilization - but what is it, exactly?

Porter Ranch: Fossil Fuel Cover-ups

1:12:39 | Jan 15th, 2016

There's no two ways about it: oil spills and gas leaks are disastrous, causing massive amounts of ecological damage in a matter of days or hours. So how many occur each year? How many are actually reported, versus covered up? Listen in to learn more.

Militias, Uncle Sam and Occupation: The Oregon Protest

55:34 | Jan 12th, 2016

On January 2nd, 2016, Ammon Bundy and a group of like-minded individuals occupied the Malheur Wildlife Refuge as a protest against what they saw as federal over-reach and unjust sentencing practices. So what's the real story?

Prophecy, Predictions and Prescience

1:08:53 | Jan 1st, 2016

Nostradamus. Edgar Cayce. Baba Vanga. Have any of history's alleged psychics successfully predicted the future? Learn more as we look at humanity's efforts to predict the future, from ancient oracles to the bleeding edge of science.

STDWYTK: How to Handle the Holidays

1:04:10 | Dec 25th, 2015

It's the last podcast of 2015, and the guys look back on some of their favorite stories of the year. Listen in to hear updates, extras, and more.

Does the UK control the US?

48:34 | Dec 18th, 2015

What if the Revolutionary War didn't happen the way it's described in textbooks? Tune in and learn why some people believe the UK still controls the US.

What are "Crisis Actors?"

53:32 | Dec 12th, 2015

You've probably heard some of the accusations regarding recent tragedies -- that the official story is wrong, and aspects of certain events are either misrepresented or staged completely. But could that be true? What are 'crisis actors?"

Ghosts and Infrasound

1:01:29 | Dec 5th, 2015

While humanity has yet to generate any universally-accepted proof of ghosts or hauntings, millions of people around the world report seeing apparitions or experiencing ghostly encounters every year (and sometimes these events cluster around specific ...Show More

Congress 101

40:28 | Nov 27th, 2015

It's no secret that voters distrust Washington, D.C. In numerous polls, citizens of every political overwhelmingly disapprove of Congress. But why? What's the source of this distrust and, perhaps most importantly, is there something Congress doesn't ...Show More

The EPA

39:30 | Nov 20th, 2015

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is tasked with safeguarding the country and its citizens from environmental harm. But how well is the agency actually doing at this incredibly important job? Join Matt, Ben and Noel as they explore the facts a...Show More

The Future of Poverty

1:01:21 | Nov 13th, 2015

Recently the World Bank stated that climate change may push more than 100 million people into poverty by 2030, and innovations in robotics may eliminate the need for millions of human workers. But how much of this is alarmism, and how much is inescap...Show More

Nightmares, Shadow People and Sleep Paralysis

59:25 | Nov 6th, 2015

What's the most intense nightmare you've ever had? Have you ever felt trapped in one? Join Ben, Matt and Noel as they guys explore the phenomenon known as sleep paralysis.

THE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL 2015

42:53 | Oct 30th, 2015

Join Ben, Matt and Noel for a very special episode of Stuff They Don't Want You To Know. This year the gang cracks open the listener mail vault to bring you a very creepy (true?) story. Lauren and Casey from the HowStuffWorks collective guest.

Serial Killers on the Loose

1:18:54 | Oct 24th, 2015

TV, film and fiction have given the public a set of stereotypes about serial killers -- one of the biggest being that they always get caught. Join Ben, Matt, Noel and special guest Christian Sager as they explore the disturbing stories of uncaught se...Show More

What is the Highway of Tears?

1:11:11 | Oct 18th, 2015

For decades women have been abducted, murdered and forgotten along an isolated stretch of Canadian highway. Join the guys and special guest CarStuff's Scott Benjamin as they explore the terrifying history - and disturbing future - of Canada's serial ...Show More

Superstars and Satan: Music and the Occult

1:02:53 | Oct 9th, 2015

Why have rumors of dark arts so often dogged musicians? Have any of the rock stars of yesteryear ever actually believed they contacted the underworld? Join Ben, Noel and Matt as they explore the murky relationship between music and the occult.

Jade Helm Update

59:18 | Oct 2nd, 2015

In the months leading up to July 15th, 2015, people across the US began to believe there was something fishy afoot. What was Jade Helm 15 actually designed to do? Would it be the first step toward a New World Order? Join Ben and Noel as they take a c...Show More

Big Pharma: Conspiracies and Cover-ups

1:01:03 | Sep 25th, 2015

Big Pharma gets a bad name in the press, and the actions of multinational pharmaceutical companies are often the subject of various conspiracies - but are any of the allegations true? Learn more about theories behind political corruption, tainted med...Show More

Celebrities, Death and Conspiracy

1:05:23 | Sep 18th, 2015

Is Elvis still alive? What really happened to Tupac, Kurt Cobain and Andy Kaufman? Join Ben and Super Producer Noel Brown as they explore the fact, fiction and controversy surrounding celebrity death conspiracies.

Did Osama Bin Laden really die in 2011?

58:09 | Sep 11th, 2015

When US forces finally tracked down terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden -- living in Pakistan, likely with support of the ISI -- he was killed and, according to the official story, buried at sea. So why doesn't everyone believe this is true? When did Os...Show More

Petrodollar 101

55:48 | Sep 4th, 2015

When oil is traded in US cash, the currency is called a petrodollar. It's a fundamental part of international trade -- but it's also a continual source of conspiratorial allegations. Join Matt and Ben as they explore the fact and fiction surrounding ...Show More

The Future of Slavery

1:08:41 | Aug 28th, 2015

While it's comforting to imagine slavery as a barbaric practice in humanity's distant past, nothing could be further than the truth. Join Ben and Matt to learn more.

What happens when we die?

1:13:53 | Aug 21st, 2015

Death - the most mysterious, unknowable, and terrifying event in human experience. Some philosophers believe society is shaped, ultimately, by the fear of death. So what actually happens when you die? Is there anything after?

The Monster with 21 Faces

36:24 | Aug 14th, 2015

In the 1980s, a mysterious organization terrorized candy companies in Japan - then disappeared. What was the Monster with 21 Faces, and what happened to it? Are any members alive today?

Unsolved I: Tamam Shud

49:32 | Aug 7th, 2015

On December 1st, 1948, Somerton beachgoers discovered a well-dressed, anonymous corpse. Almost 50 years later, investigators still aren't sure what happened.

Capital Conspiracies: Washington, DC

35:50 | Jul 31st, 2015

It's no secret that DC is home to numerous conspiracy theories -- but how many are true?

Shills 101: Online Manipulators and You

1:09:15 | Jul 25th, 2015

The digital age has revolutionized propaganda - how can you really know who's writing what online (and why)? Join the guys and special guest Joe McCormick as they explore the future of online manipulation.

What's Beneath the Antarctic Ice?

59:06 | Jul 18th, 2015

Antarctica is one of the most mysterious places on the planet. If the ice melted, what would we find beneath?

How World War III Might Start

1:07:04 | Jul 10th, 2015

Pundits have predicted the beginning of WWIII since, essentially, the end of the last World War. But could it really happen? How?

What is Qi?

1:02:18 | Jul 3rd, 2015

We hear about this mysterious force all the time in fiction and film -- but what is it actually supposed to be? Is there any evidence that it might be real?

What is "Skinwalker Ranch"?

45:59 | Jun 26th, 2015

Is there really a secret hotspot of paranormal and UFO activity just southeast of Ballard, Utah? Join Ben and Matt as they explore the fact (and fiction) surrounding the bizarre Sherman Ranch.

Can hallucinogens cure addiction?

53:00 | Jun 19th, 2015

Each year, the horrors of addiction claim thousands of lives -- but what if some substances can break the cycle of drug abuse? Join Ben and Matt to learn more about hallucinogens and addiction.

What is media manipulation?

49:53 | Jun 12th, 2015

How often do you think news outlets bury, skip or distort an important story? The answers -- or, at least, the accusations -- might surprise you.

Who killed Robert Kennedy?

46:43 | Jun 6th, 2015

Originally found guilty of Robert Kennedy's murder, Sirhan Sirhan has spent years in prison - but some people believe he was a scapegoat. Listen in to learn why some of RFK's friends believe there's more to the story behind his assassination.

The Deep Web With Alex Winter

29:21 | May 29th, 2015

Filmmaker Alex Winter joins Matt and Ben to talk about his new documentary "Deep Web".

The Return of Listener Mail

47:31 | May 23rd, 2015

Have you written to the guys on Facebook or Twitter? Sent an email? Then tune in as they answer your questions and more on air in this special listener mail edition of Stuff They Don't Want You To Know.

Is there a real-life warp drive?

56:53 | May 15th, 2015

The news about the so-called “EM Drive” has been all over the headlines… but is it true? Join Matt and Ben to learn more.

What's the purpose of Jade Helm 15?

1:01:15 | May 8th, 2015

Would the federal government really try to take over states via a military exercise? What do politicians, voters and officials think? Join Matt and Ben as they explore the history of military exercises and the upcoming Jade Helm 15.

The Rise and Fall of the Comics Code

1:09:12 | May 1st, 2015

Nowadays comics are considered anything from light-hearted entertainment to a unique art form and genre of literature all their own. Yet for decades they were considered a gateway to sin. Join Ben and special guest Christian Sager as they explore the...Show More

What is genocide?

32:33 | Apr 25th, 2015

Modern historians generally mark the beginning of the Armenian Genocide as 24 April, 1915 -- one hundred years ago this week. However, people and nations still can't seem to agree on whether it actually was a genocide. Why? And why do both sides accu...Show More

False Flag Attacks

33:40 | Apr 17th, 2015

Imagine if a government disguised its operatives as members of some other organization -- and then attacked itself. While this might sound crazy, several historians have argued that false flag attacks are more than just conspiracy theories.

Big Data and You

49:09 | Apr 10th, 2015

We hear about "big data" more and more these days - but how much of it is sensationalism, and how much is true? The answers may surprise you.

The Mysterious Symbols of Easter

48:24 | Apr 3rd, 2015

Easter is one of the most important celebrations in Christianity. So why does it involves a rabbit and painted eggs?

Operation Gladio: Invisible Armies and The Secret War

47:49 | Mar 27th, 2015

At the close of WWII, US allies created secret, 'stay-behind' armies, designed to protect the population in the event of a Communist invasion. So why are they linked with terrorist groups? What were these secret armies actually doing, and - perhaps m...Show More

Did a UFO crash in Kecksburg, PA?

38:51 | Mar 20th, 2015

On December 9th, 1965, multiple witnesses saw a bright object shoot through the sky and - allegedly - land in Kecksburg, Pennsylvania. So what actually happened? Tune in to learn more.

Are the police targeting minorities?

40:38 | Mar 13th, 2015

Did you know that there's no systematic, comprehensive study of police shootings across the United States? Some blame a distaste for paperwork, while others think there's something sinister afoot.

Who runs the internet?

48:31 | Mar 6th, 2015

The FCC's 2015 Open Internet ruling is either a victory or a disaster, depending on whom you ask. But what is it, exactly? Join Matt and Ben as they explore the facts and fiction surrounding the Open Internet and Net Neutrality.

North Korea: Fact and Fiction

59:02 | Feb 27th, 2015

In an age of global connectivity, North Korea remains one of the most isolated -- and enigmatic -- countries on Earth. How much do we really know about it?

Listener Mail Extravaganza II

56:42 | Feb 20th, 2015

Have you written to the guys on Facebook or Twitter? Sent an email? Then tune in as they answer your questions and more on air in this special listener mail edition of Stuff They Don't Want You To Know.

Diamonds: The Conspiracy

52:11 | Feb 13th, 2015

Diamonds: according to the ads, they're a girl's best friend, and the only thing worth picking for an engagement ring. But how did diamonds become so important -- and why?

Will Yellowstone erupt?

39:43 | Feb 6th, 2015

A large part of North America is sitting on a geological timebomb. Could it explode in your lifetime?

Legal Drugs in America

42:04 | Jan 31st, 2015

Each year, millions of US residents consume pharmaceutical products designed to somehow improve their lives. These drugs could tackle anything from ADHD to allergies and diseases.

The Prohibition Conspiracy

44:02 | Jan 17th, 2015

Why did the US practice prohibition? Do current prohibition policies really protect the public, or are they meant to do something else entirely?

Does Being Wealthy Make You A Bad Person?

33:22 | Jan 9th, 2015

It's often said money can't buy happiness -- but what exactly can it do? Could it change the way you think? ...could it make you a bad person? Listen in to learn more.

Who hacked Sony? (Pt. II)

48:46 | Jan 2nd, 2015

Did North Korea really wage cyberwar to stop The Interview from airing? How did this happen -- and is there a conspiracy afoot? Join Ben and Matt as they welcome HowStuffWorks tech expert Jonathan Strickland onto the show for a discussion of the rece...Show More

Who hacked Sony? (Pt. I)

32:39 | Dec 26th, 2014

Did North Korea really wage cyberwar to stop The Interview from airing? How did this happen -- and is there a conspiracy afoot? Join Ben and Matt as they welcome HowStuffWorks tech expert Jonathan Strickland onto the show for a discussion of the rece...Show More

Is clairvoyance real?

53:02 | Dec 19th, 2014

Are psychic powers actually possible? Join Ben and Matt as they investigate the truth about clairvoyance.

Big Oil: Conspiracies and You

44:48 | Dec 12th, 2014

We always hear stories about Big Oil and other conspiracies, but are any of these true? Tune in to learn more with Ben and Matt.

What is the TPP?

48:27 | Dec 5th, 2014

Sure, the Trans-Pacific Partnership sounds like a snoozefest... but why does it matter? Why should you care about this secretive international agreement?

What the heck is Stonehenge?

42:10 | Nov 28th, 2014

It's ancient, it's huge, and it's cited in all sorts of fringe theories, from stories of lost civilizations to ley lines and more. But what is Stonehenge, really?

Listener Mail Extravaganza

37:58 | Nov 21st, 2014

Have you written to the guys on Facebook or Twitter? Sent an email? Then tune in as they answer your questions and more on air in this special listener mail edition of Stuff They Don't Want You To Know.

Who's winning the War on Drugs?

53:15 | Nov 14th, 2014

From the Opium Wars to prohibition and the modern drug trade, human civilization has been irreversibly influenced by wars over drugs. Has it worked? Could it ever?

Are there real devil worshippers?

57:10 | Nov 7th, 2014

Could there really be groups of people conducting Satanic rites -- not philosophical stances, but actual devil worship via ritual or even sacrifice? Where are these groups, if they exist?

THE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL

24:09 | Oct 31st, 2014

Join Ben and Matt for a very special episode of Stuff They Don't Want You To Know, from conspiracy theories to spooky stories, listener mail and more.

Do intelligence agencies run cults?

39:43 | Oct 24th, 2014

Sure, cults are weird. The doomsday prophecies, claims of superpowers and tendency toward brainwashing are all strange, but what if the situation got even weirder? What if intelligence agencies were secretly involved with everything from the Manson f...Show More

Is the middle class going extinct?

35:02 | Oct 17th, 2014

It's no secret that inequality is rising in countries around the world, but what does this mean for the future? What is the middle class, exactly -- and why do some people believe it's going extinct?

Could robots really run the world?

40:09 | Oct 10th, 2014

Is it possible that one day all the world's decisions will be made by an artificial intelligence?

Can people purposefully collapse the stock market?

40:05 | Oct 3rd, 2014

Is it possible that someone has been playing both sides of the financial fence, seeking to destabilize markets for their own purposes?

The Jesuits: Fact and Fiction

42:50 | Sep 26th, 2014

The ascendance of Pope Francis has led to a revival of Jesuit conspiracy theories. But why? Who are the Jesuits, exactly?

Fire in the Sky: Tunguska

44:57 | Sep 19th, 2014

What triggered the massive explosion over Tunguska in 1908? Join Matt, Ben, and special guest Joe McCormick as they take a closer look at one of the most mysterious catastrophes in history.

Are NGOs the tools of foreign agents?

27:18 | Sep 12th, 2014

They're supposed to help people across the planet -- so why doesn't everyone trust NGOs?

Are people really murdering scientists?

48:33 | Sep 5th, 2014

From Iran to London, it seems that being a scientist has become an increasingly dangerous occupation.

Can you really be anonymous online?

43:18 | Aug 29th, 2014

In today's episode, our friends at TechStuff join us for a closer look at the tricky business of staying anonymous on the internet, as well as the facts about the NSA's surveillance program.

STDWYTK Presents: A Ghost Story

16:33 | Aug 15th, 2014

It's here! After an overwhelming wave of emails and messages from listeners, Matt and Ben are finally presenting, in full, the the ghost story from the first episode of listener mail. Tune in and check it out.

Gabon's Ancient Nuclear Reactor(s)

23:31 | Aug 8th, 2014

File this under "stranger than fiction": In more than a dozen sites across Gabon, scientists have found evidence of ancient nuclear reactors. How ancient? Try two billion years. But how did this happen? Why? Tune in and learn more.

Banned Books of the Bible

34:32 | Aug 1st, 2014

Although most people might assume that the Bible has always existed in its present state, that answer couldn't be any further from the truth. Tune in to learn more about how the bible has changed over time -- including what got added in, taken out an...Show More

Nazis, Lost Civilizations and Ancient Man: The Ahnenerbe

39:34 | Jul 18th, 2014

Did Nazis really have a department for paranormal investigations? Tune in to learn more.

The Future of Drones

42:11 | Jul 11th, 2014

Will your future online purchases, delivery food and more be delivered by drones? Will law enforcement fly them continuously over your city, town or neighborhood? Tune in to learn more about the possible future of drones.

What are you actually eating?

35:52 | Jul 4th, 2014

Whether you're sipping a soda, grabbing some fast food or eating ready-made snacks from the local grocery store, chances are that you're ingesting a number of "barely-food" chemicals used to preserve color, taste or texture. But what are these, exact...Show More

When the Police Become Your Army

45:00 | Jun 27th, 2014

No, not the band featuring Sting. What if the actual, local law enforcement in the your neck of the global woods started using military-grade weaponry, patrolling the streets with the same door-to-door tactics used in occupied countries? According to...Show More

Was T. Henry Moray the Next Tesla?

40:51 | Jun 20th, 2014

You've probably heard about Nikola Tesla, but what about Thomas Henry Moray? Listen in to learn why some people believe this little-known electrical engineer may have discovered a revolutionary zero-point energy device.

The World Beneath Our Feet

41:40 | Jun 14th, 2014

From hidden catacombs to wild rumors about a hollow earth, the world is full of subterranean stories. But which are total bunk, and which have the ring of truth? Tune in to learn more.

Alternative History and You

41:05 | Jun 6th, 2014

Why do some people believe the Middle Ages never happened? Can we really trust our calendars? Do current world powers have a compelling interest in suppressing our knowledge of the past? Listen in and learn more with Matt and Ben.

Can human beings create disaster?

36:04 | May 30th, 2014

It sounds like the plot of a James Bond film: Some shadowy supervillain holds the world for ransom while threatening to destroy civilization with an earthquake, floods or volcanic eruptions. But some believe that humanity has more control over Earth'...Show More

How could aliens contact us?

43:52 | May 23rd, 2014

Could alien life forms really contact human beings? How would they do it? Is it possible that other humans could intercept the message -- and keep it secret? Listen in to learn more.

The Listener Mail Edition

46:02 | May 16th, 2014

Have you written to the guys on Facebook or Twitter? Sent an email? Then tune in as they answer your questions and more on air in this special listener mail edition of Stuff They Don't Want You To Know.

What was the Octopus?

38:40 | May 9th, 2014

It sounds like something out of a paranoid political thriller - one journalist stumbles across a vast international conspiracy involving the world's most important leaders and corporations. But could it be true? What is the Octopus, and what happened...Show More

The Future of Death

1:02:36 | May 2nd, 2014

Will someone alive today live forever? Can science create real-life zombies? Are there any real examples of the 'walking dead' around today? Listen in to learn more.

Is taxation legal?

40:50 | Apr 26th, 2014

Every year tax activists of one sort or another try to avoid paying federal or state levies -- but why? Tune in to learn more about taxation conspiracy theories.

Were there really 'lost races' of man?

52:04 | Apr 18th, 2014

We've all heard about Neanderthals -- but what else was out there? Join the guys as they take a closer look at the facts behind the folklore, digging deeper to see if there's any grain of truth to the legends of giants, gnomes and more.

What was the Great Game?

47:26 | Apr 11th, 2014

Over 200 years ago the British and Russian empires waged a largely silent war across Eurasia, vying for influence, power and access to resources. In what became known as "The Great Game" British and Russian forces would ultimately leave indelible mar...Show More

Neuromarketing: Science or Science Fiction?

40:21 | Apr 4th, 2014

Neuromarketers claim that their techniques provide new and profound insights for consumers buying everything from soda to new cars. But can they really interpret data in a way that allows them to nudge a user's subconscious mind? And, if so, what doe...Show More

Do you live near a D.U.M.B.?

42:21 | Mar 28th, 2014

Is the world really littered with underground military bases? How many are active today? Is it possible to find them on your own? Tune in to learn more.

Cults (You've Never Heard Of)

52:16 | Mar 21st, 2014

What's the difference between a cult and a religion? What are some of history's strangest cults? Are there any secret cults in the modern day? Tune in to learn more.

Behind the Curtain: Russia and Crimea

31:15 | Mar 14th, 2014

What's going on between Ukraine and Russia? Could it spark a widespread conflict? Join Ben and Matt for their first installment of the "Behind the Curtain" series, where they cut past the rhetoric to explore the truth behind murky international affai...Show More

The Pineal Gland: A Third Eye?

44:18 | Mar 7th, 2014

What does the pineal gland do? Some people believe it represents the mystical "third eye" from ancient teachings. Could it possibly be used to see beyond our physical world?

Of Wolves and Men

33:47 | Feb 28th, 2014

For centuries people believed that human beings could transform into wolves. Why? Could werewolf legends simply be cover stories for the violent acts of deranged humans?

A Suicide Epidemic in the Banking World?

31:53 | Feb 22nd, 2014

A recent spate of suicides by high-level banking officials has shaken the financial world. But are they simple coincidences or is there something more sinister at work? Join Matt and Ben as they break down these mysterious events and dig for a deeper...Show More

Exorcisms: An Introduction

41:25 | Feb 14th, 2014

You're probably familiar with the horror film version of exorcisms: a righteous priest reciting holy verses as a demon-possessed person writhes and exhibits unholy powers. But what are exorcisms, really? How do they function across cultures? Is there...Show More

What was COINTELPRO?

46:00 | Feb 7th, 2014

What was COINTELPRO? What made it controversial? Do government agencies continue to infiltrate activist organizations in the modern day? Tune in to learn more.

Ghosts 101

31:20 | Jan 31st, 2014

Stories of ghosts predate written history, and cultures around the world believe in one form of spirit or another. But why? If there's no currently accepted scientific proof that ghosts exists, then what are millions of people around the world claimi...Show More

Could a solar flare destroy civilization?

24:12 | Jan 29th, 2014

What would you do if you woke up one day and found yourself in a world without electricity, cellphones or the internet? It sounds like the plot of a science fiction film, but if a powerful enough solar flare hits Earth's magnetosphere this could beco...Show More

Operation Snow White

22:35 | Jan 24th, 2014

What was the most widespread infiltration of the US government? According to some sources, it came from within. Tune in to learn more about the story of Operation Snow White -- and why the Church of Scientology and the US government still don't agree...Show More

Soviet Psychotronics

26:15 | Jan 22nd, 2014

It's true - the Soviet government really did have its own parapsychological research program. And, unlike MKULTRA and other US operations, the Soviet version continued until 2003, when it officially ended. Tune in to learn more with Ben and Matt.

Serial Killer Cults

33:52 | Jan 17th, 2014

Serial killers are insane, prone to exaggeration and delusion, and often inveterate liars. Amid some of their wilder claims, several notable serial killers, such as David Berkowitz and Henry Lee Lucas, have stated that they were killing on the orders...Show More

War in Space

39:44 | Jan 15th, 2014

The international community has agreed not to wage war in space, but that hasn't stopped the nations of Earth from cramming outer space with spy satellites, orbital junk and classified spacecraft. So what's up there, exactly? Could there really be a ...Show More

Is the placebo effect getting stronger?

29:48 | Jan 10th, 2014

The placebo effect is pretty freaky when you think about it: just believing that a harmless substance is a medicine can really produce measurable benefits. It sounds crazy, but the placebo effect is real, and its implications continue to fascinate sc...Show More

Cicadas, Ciphers and Codes: The Weird World of Cryptography

19:39 | Jan 8th, 2014

For much of recorded history, humans beings have been trying to devise unbreakable codes (and break the codes of their rivals). But is there any truly unbreakable code? And what exactly is Cicada 3301? Tune in to learn more.

Listener Mail Review

30:17 | Jan 3rd, 2014

Things get weird as Matt and Ben sift through a backlog of listener requests, questions and conspiracies.

Secret Nuclear Programs

30:27 | Dec 27th, 2013

On July 16th, 1945 the first atomic bomb test ushered in a new era of warfare, with weapons capable of killing millions. But how many countries own nukes today, and how did they get them? The answers may surprise you. Tune in to learn more

Origins of Christmas

20:03 | Dec 25th, 2013

Chances are that you've heard of the alleged war on Christmas, which some believe is an effort to distance the celebration from its origins. But what are those origins, exactly -- and where do modern Christmas traditions come from? Tune in to learn m...Show More